Alessandro Grevenbroeck (born in the 17th century, died in Padua) Dutch navy at dusk, circa 1700
Canvas 95 cm by 64 cm
Important solid oak frame 120 cm by 99 cm
This beautiful navy is richly composed of numerous scenes. It is animated by a myriad of characters and ships from the Dutch fleet in the middle of islets topped with towers and ancient ruins that the painter is particularly fond of, Alessandro Grevenbroeck (born in the 17th century, died in Padua) Born towards the end of the 17th century, probably in Milan, Alessandro had his first artistic training at the school of Giovanni Grevenbroeck, most certainly his father, called il Solfarolo (Netherlands, around 1650 - Milan, 1699). The artistic collaboration between Alessandro and his father Giovanni was evidenced by the signature of the two on a painting representing Porto di mare at sunset. From 1717 to 1720, Alexander received missions from Russian Ambassador Beklemišev on behalf of Peter I the Great. Among the most important historical works created by the artist and sent to Russia are the Battle of Poltava, which was destroyed in the fire of the Hermitage pavilion in Peterhof (1808) and the naval battle of Gangut (Museum of Peterhof, Monplaisir Palace, inv. No. 455). Interest in the painter on the part of the Russian government led to an official invitation from Alexander to travel to Russia to enter the service of His Imperial Majesty to paint land naval battles and views of ports; despite the initiation of contacts and the drafting of a genuine preliminary contract with the artist, archival data confirms that the trip and his stay never took place. On the contrary, many canvases dedicated with a mention Venice or Padua and a date of execution (1717 and 1748), show that he remained in the vicinity of the Serenissima. The reputation linked to the landscape architect is also confirmed by the data relating to the rent paid by the latter in Venice in 1745 (Provveditori alle Pompe), which shows that Alessandro had a decent level of income, which leads to think that the Artist knows a real success during his lifetime.